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Farewell to Summer

Did your summer zoom by as fast as mine? I managed to fit in two camping trips and do a bit of ocean kayaking with my family, but between work and the endless amount of jobs around the house, the summer just disappeared. And now it's September. Time to get back to work, which for me is writing!
We've been working hard this past month spreading the word about The Gatekeeper's Son series. But ultimately, what makes a novel a success is word of mouth from readers like you, and I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to write a review or recommend it to a friend.
The Skookumchuck Narrows, aka "Skook," where the family and I spent some quality time
Review Corner
I quite liked this book, maybe because it reminds me a bit of my own series, but from a ninja perspective, and with a hefty dose of Navajo history as well. It's fast-paced and full of action, features a teenage protagonist (the eponymous Jet) trained in martial arts by her mother, and has a strong flavor of both historical and modern Japan. It's vivid and visual, even cinematic, and Jet is a touching, complex heroine.

Well worth a read!

Denis from Toronto said:
A few minutes ago I completed reading the Fallen Gatekeepers. It was excellent as was The Gatekeeper’s Son.

It might be impolite to ask so soon after the release of The Fallen Gatekeepers but are you going to continue the series or move on to something different?
CRF: It's not impolite at all. The ending of The Fallen Gatekeepers isn't a cliffhanger, not that The Gatekeeper's Son was either, but somehow I think the story should continue. We can't leave our hero heartbroken, now can we?  I've started to outline a third book, but as of yet, I have no idea what will happen next. That's actually the fun part of writing; the characters often know where they want to go and it often surprises me where they end up!   


Anna from Minnesota asked:
How long does it take you to create a novel?

CRF: From the inital outline, feverish writing, a few passes through developmental editing and finally to the finished novel takes about one year. By the time line and copy editing, proofreading, cover and interior design are done, it's almost two years. Editors and designers are often hard to schedule, which adds to the wait time, but really, I'm the biggest roadblock in the process. If I wrote fulltime, I think I could finish a novel in six months. 


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